willpower

or will pow·er

[ wil-poh-er ]
/ ˈwɪlˌpoʊ ər /

noun

control of one's impulses and actions; self-control.

Origin of willpower

First recorded in 1870–75; will2 + power
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British Dictionary definitions for willpower

willpower

/ (ˈwɪlˌpaʊə) /

noun

the ability to control oneself and determine one's actions
firmness of will
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Word Origin and History for willpower

willpower


n.

also will power, 1874, from will (n.) + power (n.).

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